Dear Cathedral Ohana:
I’ve been back from the Mainland now for exactly one week and since my return I’ve noticed that the temperature has gotten much cooler, which means that Autumn must finally be here and that Summer has indeed left us for a time. While it’s not like the four seasons that they experience and other places, I do notice subtle changes around me, like where the sun rises in the morning and how it gets dark now by 6:30 in the evening. And I appreciate these subtle changes, because they remind me that I’m not static and that there are rhythms to my personal and spiritual life. And as the days grow shorter, I feel not so much that I’m winding up to Advent, but winding down to it – letting myself settle in so that I can wait for the goodness that I am confident will come. I’m excited about that, but for now I have to prepare myself to be still and to wait.
And as I sit, wait, and reflect, here are a few things that I would like to see and let you know about.
Thank you again and again to those of you who submitted their commitment to the Cathedral for 2019. Please remember that we look forward to seeing you at our dinner on December 1 at 6:00 PM in Davies Hall. To date we have 92 pledging units totaling $235,159.
Please remember that we will have a Thanksgiving day Eucharist at 10:00 AM in the Cathedral sanctuary, and that our office will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. Then this Sunday, we will have our annual Feast of the Holy Sovereigns to honor King Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma at 8:00 AM. Bishop Fitzpatrick will be with us in his Cathedral to preach and preside at that service, and we will be joined once again by the Royal Civic Societies.
As many of you know, this past weekend we held funeral services for Connie and Sophia Wharton, the mother and young infant who died in a tragic fire in Kahala last month, and who were the daughter and granddaughter of Glen and Sandy Moribe who regularly attend our 5:30 Saturday service. I want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart came out to help with this service. It warmed my heart to know that we are a community that is eager to show up and be present to people who need us in times like these. While you may or may not be aware of this, the Whartons also lost a beloved pet in the fire, a gorgeous Shiba Inu named Keiko. It was very touching to see Keiko’s friends from the Shiba Inu Club come to the service and walk through the line to pay their respects not only to Keiko but also to the family. We are a very special community and a very special place.
I will close here with warm thoughts and best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving as I look forward to seeing you all that worship sometime this weekend. Please take care until then.